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Even Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez couldn't keep the smirk off of his face when he announced the debut of the world's cheapest cell phone. At only $15, Chavez boasted that the new phone developed by the government came complete with a camera, internet access, an FM radio and MP3 and MP4 players. But what brought a smile to el presidente's face during the announcement was the phone's name, "Vergatario," which is derived from local Venezuelan slang for "penis."
Chavez made a series of subtle jokes throughout the press conference playing on the slang terminology, such as "Whoever doesn't have a Vergatario is nothing." He then proceeded to shamelessly call his mother from his new penis phone
Poll: 59% of Venezuelans back Chavez
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — President Hugo Chavez remains popular among nearly two-thirds of Venezuelans after winning a February referendum removing limits on re-election, and he's feeling emboldened, a private pollster said Tuesday.
The socialist leader's popularity stood at 59% in March, just slightly down from the 61% recorded in February, according to a March 20-30 survey of 2,000 people by the Caracas-based pollster Datanalisis.
Results of the survey, which had a margin of error of 2.7 percentage points, weren't unveiled until this week because a group of businesses that paid for the poll had not authorized its release to the public.
Datanalisis said the latest figure is up from 51% in January, 2008